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Feilding Garr

Birthplace: Madison, Madison, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Davis, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Pauline Garr
Father of Nancy Stringham; John Turner Garr; William Henry Garr; Abel Weaver Garr; Caroline Martin Jamison and 3 others

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About Feilding Garr

Birth: Aug. 19, 1794 Madison Madison County Virginia, USA Death: Jun. 15, 1855 Syracuse Davis County Utah, USA

Son of Abraham Garr and Diana/Dinah Weaver

Married Pauline Turner, 18 Nov 1819, Richmond, Wayne, Indiana. She died 4 Nov 1844, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois.

Children: Abraham Garr (1924), Abraham Garr (1929), Nancy Garr, Richard Rue Garr, Eliza Jane Garr, Benjamin Franklin Garr, Mary Virginia Garr, Caroline Martin Garr, John Turner Garr, William Henry Garr, Sarah Anna Garr, Abel Weaver Garr

History of Antelope Island

Antelope Island is the largest island in the Great Salt Lake, covering 28,022 acres. It is home to bison, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, mule deer, coyotes, bobcats, upland game birds, and waterfowl.

In 1841, Osborne Russell, a trapper, made an entry in his journal referring to the presence of antelope and buffalo on the island. John C. Fremont and Kit Carson visited Antelope Island in 1845. They killed several antelope on the island thus giving Antelope Island its name.

Freemont recorded: "There is at this southern end of the lake a large peninsular island which the Indians informed me could at this low stage of the water be reached on horseback. Accordingly ... I took with me (Kit) Carson and a few men and rode across the shallows. On the island we found grass and water and several bands of antelope. Some of these were killed, and in memory of the grateful supply of food they furnished, I gave their name to the island."

The first white man to live on the island was an old mountaineer called "Daddy Stump."

Fielding Garr established permanent residency on the island in 1848. He not only tended his own herds, but those of other stockmen as well. In 1849 Brigham Young asked Garr to manage the Mormon Church's Tithing Herd, which was kept on the island until 1871. During this time the Church also invested thousands of dollars in valuable stallions and brood mares which were turned loose on the island. At times there were nearly 1,000 wild horses roaming the island.

Fielding Garr began construction of a ranch house in 1848. Garr was a skilled mason and fashioned the sun-dried adobe bricks used to build the home out of materials found on the island. The ranch house is distinctive for two reasons; it is the oldest continually inhabited anglo-built home in the state of Utah (from 1848 to 1981 when the island became a state park); and second, it is the oldest anglo-built house in Utah still on its original foundation. (The Fielding Garr Ranch is opened to the public on select weekends from March until October. Check with the Park for dates.)

In 1856 Brigham Young visited the island. "The time was pleasantly spent in driving over the Island and in visiting places of interest-bathing, boating and inspecting their horses and sheep. Old Daddy Stump's mountain home was visited. They drove their carriage as near to it as possible and walked the remainder of the way. Everything was found just as the old man had left it. It was located at the head of a small, open canyon against a steep mountain. The house was made of cedar posts set upright and covered with a dirt roof. Close to it was a good spring of water.... The party returned to the church ranch that evening and drove home the next day.

Fielding Garr died in 1855, and a year or two later Briant Stringham took charge of the stock."

Family links:

 Nancy Garr Stringham (1822 - 1900)*
 John Turner Garr (1827 - 1900)*
 Abel Weaver Garr (1833 - 1899)*
 Caroline Martin Garr Jamison (1836 - 1912)*
 Sarah Anna Garr Burton (1838 - 1927)*
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Feilding Garr's Timeline

August 19, 1794
Madison, Madison, Virginia, United States
October 17, 1822
Age 28
Richmond, Wayne, Indiana, USA
July 19, 1827
Age 32
Fort Wayne, IN, USA
August 16, 1831
Age 36
Richmond, IN, USA
December 11, 1833
Age 39
Richmond, IN, USA
July 7, 1836
Age 41
Richmond, Wayne, Indiana
September 24, 1838
Age 44
Richmond, Wayne, Indiana, United States
June 27, 1840
Age 45
Richmond, Wayne, IN, USA
May 21, 1843
Age 48
Round Prairie, Handcock, Illinois, USA
June 15, 1855
Age 60
Davis, Utah, United States